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Kuniko Ishiguro
石黒 久仁子

Associate Professor
  • B.A., Gakushuin University
    M.Sc., University of Sheffield
    Ph.D., University of Sheffield
kishigu[at mark]


Bibliographical Statement

Since September 2015, Kuniko Ishiguro has been an Associate Professor of Management at the Institute of International Strategy (IIS) at Tokyo International University, where she has been teaching a wide range of business/management related courses. Her research interests include the development of human resource management strategies, sociology of work, career development, organizational behavior, and gender relations in organizations. She is especially interested in comparing Japan and other developed countries.

Professor Ishiguro began her career in the area of human resource management where she earned extensive professional experience in global business, which led her to commence her postgraduate studies in 2002 at the University of Sheffield, School of East Asian Studies (UK). There, she completed her MSc in East Asian Business in 2003 and PhD in East Asian Studies in 2008, with a focus on sociology of work and gender issues in Japan. Upon finishing her studies at Sheffield, she accepted employment as a Research Associate at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science in 2009. While there, she worked as a managing editor of the Social Science Japan Newsletter, and carried out editorial work for the Social Science Japan Journal (a refereed journal on Japanese studies published by the institution in collaboration with Oxford University Press). Before joining the IIS, she was appointed to the International Business Course of the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Bunkyo Gakuin University as an Assistant Professor in April 2012, and as Associate Professor of the Faculty of Foreign Studies and Graduate School of Foreign Studies in 2014. During her time there, she contributed to the university as a faculty member in many areas of research, teaching, and administration. She also delivered numerous courses for master’s, undergraduate, and junior college students, in the following topics: ‘Diversity and Business’, ‘Business Administration’, ‘International Business Studies’, ’Business Planning’, ‘Business Case Method’, ‘Asian Society and Market’, ‘Graduate Research’, ‘Global Career Development’, and ‘Japanese Business’. In addition, from Autumn 2010 she designed and started teaching a course in English titled ‘East Asian Business’ (lecturing and tutoring) at Musashi University, Tokyo, to international students until Autumn 2014.

Her research interests lie in changes in the labor market and employment practices, and their interrelations with individuals' lives. She is particularly interested in ways gender relations and social classes in society affect both companies' behavior and individuals' career development. She has been rigorously conducting research, and presenting the findings to international audiences. Moreover, with the aim of understanding the effects of gendered social culture and social class, as well as the state’s roles, she broadened her research scope and has been conducting international comparative studies since 2010. Her research has been highly recognized, and she has gained funding for her research from sources including three JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi, 2010-12 research no. 22510283, 2013-2015 research no. 25360046, and 2016-2018 research no. 16K02045). Using primarily a life-history approach and in-depth analysis on employment systems in companies, she has been conducting field research throughout Europe.

Selected Publications of Kuniko Ishiguro

Refereed Articles

Cho, H., & Ishiguro, K. (2015). Organizational strength and individual career: A qualitative study on individual career formation in the newspaper industry. International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology, 6(4), 309-315.

Ishiguro, K., & Cho, H. (2014). 新聞社に於けるキャリア形成:朝日新聞社・毎日新聞社の昇進者キャリアの展開に関するデータからの考察 (Career formation in the newspaper industry: Cases of employees' career promotions at Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun). Journal of Japan Society of Directories, 12, 32-42.

Matanle, P., Ishiguro, K., & McCann, L. (2014). Popular culture and workplace gendering among variety of capitalism: Working women and their representation in Japanese Manga. Gender, Work and Organization, 21(5), 472-489.

Nemoto, K., Fuwa, M., & Ishiguro, K. (2013). Never-married employed men’s gender beliefs and ambivalence toward matrimony in Japan. Journal of Family Issues, 34(12), 1673-1695.

Ishiguro, K. (2008, December). Japanese employment in transformation. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Article 10. Available online at EJCJS

Articles in University Journals (Kiyo)

Ishiguro, K. (2017). 女性管理職の仕事とキャリア:デンマーク調査からの考察 (Status and background of women’s social advancement in Denmark). Journal of Ohara Institute for Social Research, 703, 32-49.

Ishiguro, K. (2016). デンマークに於ける女性の社会進出とその背景 (Status and background of women’s social advancement in Denmark). Journal of Bunkyo Gakuin University, Department of Foreign Languages, 15, 15-24.

Ishiguro, K. (2015). 女性企業の現状と日本の企業社会-予備的調査 (Present status of female entrepreneurs and Japanese corporate society: Preliminary analysis). Journal of Bunkyo Gakuin University, Department of Foreign Languages, 14, 65-79.

Ishiguro, K. (2014). フランス企業に於ける管理職への女性の昇進についての考察 (A study on women's career paths into management in French companies). Journal of Bunkyo Gakuin University, Department of Foreign Languages and Bunkyo Gakuin College, 13, 47-62.

Ishiguro, K. (2013). Creating an analytical framework for women's career development: Towards an international comparative study. Journal of Bunkyo Gakuin University, Department of Foreign Languages and Bunkyo Gakuin College, 12, 153-170.

Ishiguro, K. (2012). 女性管理職のキャリア形成:辞令からの考察 (Case studies on female managers’ career development)”. GEMC journal, 7, 104-128.

Ishiguro, K. (2016). 海外進出日本企業の人的資源管理 (Human resource management of Japanese enterprises overseas: A case study of YKK Turkey). In Sekine, K., Yildirim, Y. E., & Kawabe, N. (Eds.), トルコと日本の経済関係:国際共同研究 (The Economic and Business Relations between Turkey and Japan: International Joint Research) (pp. 141-166). Tokyo: Bunkyo Gakuin Daigaku Sōgō Kenkyūjo.

Kawabe, N., & Ishiguro, K. (2016). トルコ経済の現在と日本:体系的研究の足掛かりとして (The Turkish economy and Japan: The first step to systematic studies). In Sekine, K., Yildirim, Y. E., & Kawabe, N. (Eds.), トルコと日本の経済関係:国際共同研究 (The Economic and Business Relations between Turkey and Japan: International Joint Research) (pp. 1-6). Tokyo: Bunkyo Gakuin Daigaku Sōgō Kenkyūjo.

Ishiguro, K., & Matanle, P. (2013). サラリーマン漫画に表彰される男女のライフコース:「島耕作」「サラリーマン金太郎」シリーズからの考察 (From salaryman to manager, and OL to housewife: Representation of working men and women’s life course in Japanese salaryman manga, Shima Kōsaku and Saralyman Kintarō). In Tanaka, H., Iwata-Weickgenannt, K., & Godzik, M. (Eds.), ライフコース選択の行方:日本とドイツの仕事・家族・住まい (Beyond a Standardized Life Course: Biographical Choices about Work, Family and Housing in Japan and Germany) (pp. 103-132). Tokyo: Shinyō-sha.

Ishiguro, K. (2012). Japanese employment in transformation: The growing number of non-regular workers. In Iles, T., & Matanle, P. (Eds.), Researching twenty-first century Japan: New directions and approaches for the electronic age (pp. 179-213). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Ishiguro, K. (2011). Changes in Japanese companies’ personnel management practices relating to female employees: From the early 1980s to the early 2000s. In Horn, S. (Ed.), Emerging perspectives in Japanese human resource management (pp. 129-163). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Other Articles

Ishiguro, K. (2006). Generating equal employment opportunities for female managers: Balancing work and life in 21st Century Japan. Social Science Japan, 34, 19-21.
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